10/26/2012 12:26 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2012

Beef Heart: An Unexpected Meal That Spans Generations

All Things Considered is launching a Found Recipe series Thursday, asking cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers to tell us about the dishes that surprise and delight. These are recipes stumbled upon or created by accident or by necessity.

And what better way to start than beef heart -- a meat with a long history of consumption first out of necessity and now, more often, out of pleasure, at least in this country.

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